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Presbyopia in Seattle, WA

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Presbyopia is a natural part of getting older. Around the age of 40, vision gradually starts to blur. This vision impairment is called presbyopia, and it reduces the ability to see things that are at less than arm's distance. As we age, the lenses in our eyes become less flexible. Even people who have enjoyed perfect eyesight their entire lives start to realize that they need to place items at arm's distance to read them. At his practice in Seattle, WA, Dr. Scott Campbell can talk to you about several options to enhance your vision if you are experiencing age-associated vision problems. If you suspect that you are developing presbyopia, schedule a visit to SPEX — we want to help you achieve your clearest vision.

Individuals who have started to experience the first symptoms of presbyopia will often notice that they can no longer focus on items near the eyes as well as they used to. A tell-tale indication of age-related vision impairment is discovering you need to position things farther and farther away to see them clearly. Another common symptom is developing headaches or eye fatigue after particular activities, such as sewing or using a cell phone or computer, that didn't typically use to cause them. Also fairly common is the incorrect idea that the declining vision is because of dim lighting. Presbyopia typically starts at around 40 years of age and, if not treated properly, its symptoms can grow more pronounced.

Although most refractive visual impairments are the result of abnormal eye shape, age-related vision impairment is not. The proteins that help make up the lens of the eye change with age, particularly after a person turns 40 years of age, causing the lens to stiffen and lose elasticity. Natural aging also affects the muscle fibers wrapped around the lens. They eventually become weaker and less malleable. This means it is harder for the lens to expand and contract, which is necessary in order to focus. All of these changes within the proteins and muscle fibers of the lens progress naturally as we age, meaning the vision impairment gradually becomes more pronounced over time.

Using specially designed vision tests, we can determine the most effective course of action for your particular degree of presbyopia. Most patients correct age-related vision impairment with corrective eyeglasses or contacts made with either bifocal or progressive lenses. Bifocals are built with two sections of the lens — one that makes it easier to see things close up and one that makes it easier to see things far away. Progressive lenses function similarly, but they are designed with a gradient rather than a distinct line between sections of the lens. There are also some surgical treatments that can potentially be effective in diminishing presbyopia, including laser surgery. Dr. Campbell is happy to navigate you toward your ideal form of vision management.

Dr. Campbell is magnificent. His office is filled with the most cutting edge technology. He does the most thorough and wholistic diagnostic examination. I’ve been going for 29 years! That’s how good he is.

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I’ve been going to Spex and Dr. Campbell for almost 25 years. He also takes care of my wife and my kids. If you’re thinking about a new eye, do yourself a favor and go to Spex and see Dr.Campbell and his staff. You’ll thank me later!!!!

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If I could give 6 stars, I would. Everything about this practice is top notch. The staff and Dr Campbell are super friendly, highly professional, and go out of their way to listen and give expert care accordingly. Their selection of frames is wonderful as well. Love the new office - really beautifully designed!

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Oh, Dr. Campbell... you took such amazing care of me. You did everything, so I was so confident in my eye care. You broke the mold.... I guess I'll just have to fly across the country for my care!!! #noonecomesclose

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Everything about my experience was top-notch. The new location is excellent and easy to reach by public transportation. The staff are not only kind, but clearly expert professionals. Dr. Campbell has a gift for narrating his actions, allowing his patients clarity about what he is seeing in the various scans. He then provides options for treatment. Highly recommended.

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Blurriness with close-up vision, particularly in people over 40 years old, is usually always presbyopia. Presbyopia is a common, age-related condition. It is easily manageable with the right glasses or contacts. At SPEX, our experienced team of eye care professionals can help you ditch the problems that come with age-related vision loss. Call us today at our Seattle, WA practice to schedule your eye exam.

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How can I manage presbyopia if I already have another eye condition?

It is not uncommon for presbyopia to occur alongside other eye conditions, such as astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), or hyperopia (farsightedness). In such cases, multifocal lenses or contact lenses can be prescribed at SPEX to correct various issues.

Is presbyopia the same as farsightedness?

While both conditions make it hard to see things up close, they're not the same. Farsightedness is caused by the shape of the eyeball, and is often present from birth, while presbyopia is caused by aging and generally affects people over 40.

Can I still drive if I have presbyopia?

Yes, you can still drive if you have presbyopia. However, you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses that correct your vision. It's also a good idea to have an extra pair of glasses in the car if you need to read something up close.

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